The Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea has given assurances that the government’s grand scheme of resolving Accra’s perennial flooding is on course.
The scheme, the Greater Accra Resilient and Integrated Development (GARID) has a 200 million dollar support from the World Bank.
The first phase of the GARID project will be the desilting of the Odaw river basin in Accra.
This will later be expanded to other priority basins within the Greater Accra Region in subsequent phases.
Speaking to Citi News, Mr. Atta-Akyea said, work has been done to try and control the floods.
“What we did was to try and clear the gutters, they call it desilting. And also do some concrete lining, expand some of the integrated old drains and bring it to some standard because of population size.”
He added that a combination of good channels for water absorption and frequent rainfall pattern announcements will continue to help reduce the risks of floods.
GARID project will help deal with Accra’s floods – AMA boss
The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Mohammed Nii Adjei Sowah had earlier said the Greater Accra Resilience and Integrated Development Project which was launched earlier in 2019 was going to help deal with the problem of flooding in the capital when fully implemented.
He added that the project will improve flood risk management and solid waste management in the Odaw River Basin of the Greater Accra Region, and improve access to basic infrastructure and services in the targeted communities.